Thursday, April 24, 2014, @ 8PM
Roulette (509 Atlantic at 3rd Ave)


Tom Hamilton: City of Vorticity
Ned Rothenberg’s Inner Diaspora


Two forward-thinking composers present new works with a host of talented performers.


Composer Tom Hamilton’s new work emphasizes his concept of an electronically-generated “aural score”, with layers of electronic sound gradually shifting through kaleidoscopic rearrangement. This serves as the foundation for a some of New York’s top improvising performers, including Nate Wooley, trumpet; Al Margolis, objects, violin; Peter Zummo, trombone; Meaghan Burke, cello, voice; and Alan Zimmerman, percussion. Ned Rothenberg presents a new book of music for his band Inner Diaspora, featuring Mark Feldman, violin; Erik Friedlander, cello; Jerome Harris, acoustic bass guitar & guitar; Samir Chatterjee, tabla; & Rothenberg on clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax & shakuhachi.


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Tom Hamilton’s City of Vorticity alludes to the spinning property of an imaginary particle as it is carried along in a circular path. The “city” is a collection of events all occurring independently but yet organized by an underlying yet recursive force. With his dynamic ‘aural score’ sounding from several locations inside Roulette, Hamilton’s assembled improvising ensemble will further shift the listeners’ sonic vantage points.


Ned Rothenberg’s new book of music for his band Inner Diasporas expands upon his concepts for integrating musical traditions from around the globe. Following the band’s first CD on Tzadik, where he augmented his trio Sync (with Chatterjee & Harris) with the strings of Friedlander and Feldman, this new book focuses on translating elements of Indian music with jazz and other western forms.


Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on 5 continents.  He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi – an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own.  In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris, guitars and Samir Chatterjee, tabla, works with the Mivos string quartet playing his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and collaborates around the world with fellow improvisors.  Recent recordings include this Quintet, The World of Odd Harmonics, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), and Inner Diaspora, all on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker, and The Fell Clutch, on Rothenberg’s Animul label.


TOM HAMILTON has composed and performed electronic music for over 45 years, and his work with electronic music originated in the late-60s era of analog synthesis. His ongoing series of concerts, installations and recordings contrast structure with improvisation and textural electronics with acoustic instruments. Rather than addressing traditional modes of expression, presentation and observation, Hamilton often explores the interaction of many simultaneous layers of activity, prompting the use of “present-time listening” on the part of both performer and listener. Hamilton has been a featured Interpretations artist in several previous concerts, and his two previous appearances on the series have been in ensembles led by the great musician Muhal Richard Abrams. Hamilton was a 2005 Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, participating in a residency at the foundation’s center in Umbria. His performing and recording colleagues have included Peter Zummo, Bruce Gremo, John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, Bruce Arnold, Rich O’Donnell, Jonathan Haas, Bruce Eisenbeil, Jacqueline Martelle, Thomas Buckner, Al Margolis, and id m theft able. He has been a collaborator with visual artists, including filmmaker Fred Worden, video artists Van McElwee and Morey Gers, and the late photographer Ernst Haas.

Hamilton has released 15 CDs of his music, found on Ilse, Kvist, Monroe Street, Muse-Eek, Mutable, O.O. Discs, and Pogus Productions. His CD London Fix received an award in the 2004 Prix Ars Electronica, and a 2 CD set of his electronic music of the 1970s was named one of The Wire’s Top 50 Reissues of 2010. An active participant in New York’s new music scene, Hamilton was the co-director of the 2004 Sounds Like Now festival, and he co-produced the Cooler in the Shade/Warmer by the Stove new music series for 14 years. Since 1990, Hamilton has been a member of composer Robert Ashley‘s touring opera ensemble, performing sound processing and mixing in both recordings and concerts, and he was the music director of Ashley’s last opera “Crash,” presented at the Whitney Biennial in April 2014. His audio production can be found in over 60 CD releases of new and experimental music, including recordings by Muhal Richard Abrams, Bruce Arnold, David Behrman, Thomas Buckner, If Bwana, Noah Creshevsky, Bernard Hoffer, George Lewis, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, and “Blue” Gene Tyranny, and his work for Alvin Lucier received a Golden Ear award from The Absolute Sound.


509 Atlantic Ave
(On the corner of Atlantic + 3rd Aves)
Downtown Brooklyn, NY
2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR
(917) 267-0363